Join us on November 16 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. for a virtual community conversation about housing options for adult Vermonters with developmental disabilities. Come hear from our panelists about their perspectives on developing supportive housing options that better meet the needs of individuals living in our community. Panel discussion followed by Q&A. This event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. To register, please click on the button below. For questions or more information, please call 802-488-6912.
Our featured panelists include:
- Jim Caffry, attorney and parent
- Elizabeth Campbell, psychoanalyst and parent
- Ashleigh Cota, SUCCEED Alumna
- Delaina Norton, Director of Long-Term Supports and Services, Howard Center
- Amy Roth, Assistant Director, Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living
- Hannah Schwartz, Co-founder of Heartbeet Lifesharing
- Monica White, Commissioner of Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living
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Elizabeth Campbell is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Burlington and has an adult son with Down Syndrome.
Jim Caffry is an attorney in Waterbury, Vermont, and the parent of a young adult son with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jim has been a lawyer in Vermont for 26 years, and for the last 15 years has focused his practice on special needs planning for Vermonters with disabilities and their families in all fourteen counties in the state. He advises professional and individual trustees of special needs trusts. His practice also includes some representation of Vermont organizations that provide disability services. He is a past member of the Vermont Autism Task Force, the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Champlain Community Services Board of Directors. He is the only Vermont member, and the current Vice President, of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), a national association of special needs planning attorneys.
Ashleigh Cota works at the Homewood Suites in South Burlington and has previous experience in hospitality and retail. Ashleigh is a 2021 SUCCEED alumna which prepared her for living on her own and she recently moved into her own apartment. She has a long-term goal to become an art teacher and enjoys the arts, her work, and meeting new people and making connections in her community.
Delaina Norton is Howard Center’s Director of Long Term Supports and Services, overseeing programs that provide a range of residential, employment, and community supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Norton has more than 20 years in the human service field, including 13 years at Howard Center in various roles in Developmental Services, including as a Senior Leader overseeing Intake and the ARCh program, which helps children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities access the services they need. She was part of the team that brought the national Project SEARCH program to our area, a program that helps interns with intellectual disabilities to gain and maintain employment through trainings, internships, and career exploration. She has a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from Champlain College and is a Qualified Developmental Disability Professional.
Monica White was appointed by Governor Phil Scott as DAIL Commissioner in July 2021. She previously spent six years as DAIL’s Director of Operations, after eight years in the Agency of Human Services as Director of Health Care Operations, Compliance and Improvement, and Financial Director. Monica holds a Bachelor of Science in health care administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine, a Master of Business Administration from Norwich University, and is a 2014 graduate of the Snelling Center Vermont Leadership Institute. Monica is passionate about DAIL’s mission: to make Vermont the best state in which to grow old or to live with a disability – with dignity, respect, and independence; she is honored to lead the incredible staff of Team DAIL in the important work, alongside many valued community partners, to achieve this aim.